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Short Take: California DSL bill passes committee

A California bill that would require local phone companies to allow digital subscriber line providers to deliver data over a phone company's existing wires--a process known as "line sharing"--passed the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee on a 7-1 vote. The bill, AB 991, sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Lou Papan, was amended to direct state regulators to follow the FCC's lead on the issue. A similar bill, SB 1066, sponsored by state Sen. Debra Bowen, awaits action in the upper house.

A California bill that would require local phone companies to allow digital subscriber line providers to deliver data over a phone company's existing wires--a process known as "line sharing"--passed the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee on a 7-1 vote. The bill, AB 991, sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Lou Papan, was amended to direct state regulators to follow the FCC's lead on the issue. A similar bill, SB 1066, sponsored by state Sen. Debra Bowen, awaits action in the upper house.